Volunteering is a great way to make friends, get to know the city, learn new things, develop skills and help other people
Buddy Scheme Volunteers are current students at Sussex who volunteer to help new students arriving at Sussex. They act as a point of contact, answer questions, signpost to support services when needed, and introduce them to activities, sports and other things to get involved in within the campus and local communities. Buddy Scheme Volunteers can develop a wide range of skills through this role such as communication skills and time management.
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Buddy Scheme Ambassadors are members of the Buddy Scheme and act as advocates for the Buddy Scheme within their school of study. During Freshers week they will be found roaming around campus to help students feel orientated by answering questions, signposting, giving directions, support and reassurance to new students. They also help students to feel part of the global Sussex community creating a sense of belonging by supporting a programme of Buddy Scheme engagement activities.
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Free Wednesdays Volunteers help to run Free Wednesdays which is a scheme run by Sussex Students' Union giving free sanitary products, condoms, and drug-testing kits every Wednesday during term time between 12-1.30pm. Volunteering for Free Wednesdays is a great opportunity to support students' welfare and help fight period poverty.
The Good Night Owl scheme helps students have a safe and good night out. The Good Night Owls scheme is run by a team of student volunteers who patrol in town on Wednesday and Friday nights to offer assistance to vulnerable students.
Language Café Volunteers assist with the running of the Language Café and will gain experience of running events and facilitating language learning. As with all Students’ Union volunteering opportunities, there is lots of scope for your input, ideas and creativity!
The Role Models Project is a peer-led mentoring project, that trains Sussex students in participatory facilitation to create and deliver workshops in local schools.
Student Reps are academic representatives that make sure that your voice is heard. They are a vital link between students, the Union and the University. Reps meet regularly with staff from the University and the Union, where they represent the voice of students. They make sure that student voices are being considered when decisions are made that will affect them.